July 4th in the Muncie area with fireworks, live music and more
Whether you’re looking to catch a late night fireworks display, take part in a patriotic run, or eat lots of barbecue, East Central Indiana hosts plenty of July 4th festivities this year.
While COVID-19 limited the capacity of events or canceled them completely in 2020, many local towns and villages are preparing to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, July 2-4.
Here’s a look at what’s in store:
Muncie to light up the sky with two fireworks
If you’re anxiously waiting for the fireworks and bright light boom to hit the skies, Muncie will host two exhibitions over the weekend of July 4th.
The first is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at Prairie Creek Reservoir. Another show will take place downtown at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Muncie Central High School near the levy.
The shows will be hosted by Melrose Pyrotechnics, based in Kingsbury, Indiana. Muncie Police and Fire Departments will guide traffic before and after the event in the downtown area. Wheeling Avenue will be closed from Wysor Street Minnetrista Boulevard late Sunday evening, before and after the event.
Ahead of Sunday’s fireworks, America’s Hometown Band will present a concert, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie. The free performance will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 600 S. Walnut Street.
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“We have planned a one hour program starting at 7:00 pm, programmed to improve the time spent with family after dinner time and before the big aerial fireworks display. the band, ”AHB Music Director Roger McConnell said in a press release.
Cook-offs, cornhole and fireworks in Hartford City
From cornhole tournaments to jazz performances, Hartford City has plenty of activities to celebrate July 4th. Presented by the Hartford City Parks Department and the Hartford City Arts Council, “Saturday in the Park” will take place from 6 am to 10 pm Saturday at Sigma Phi Gamma Founders Park.
The day begins at 6 a.m. with the Blackford Backyard BBQ Cook Off. While cooking begins early in the morning, public service begins at 4 p.m., when attendees can vote for their favorite.
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. The tournament will take place on the basketball courts along Elm Street. Registration and waivers must be signed by each player. A vendor’s market will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Elm and Richmond streets. The event also includes a farmers market with fruits, vegetables and more, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., between park entrances along Richmond Street.
A cornhole tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. just west of the closed refuge. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, at a cost of $ 20 for teams and $ 15 for singles. The doubles tournament is scheduled first, followed by the singles. Disc golf was also available for playing all day in the northwest corner of the park.
Located in the southern parking lot of the district, an auto show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to the parks department, registrations will begin at 10 a.m., with dashboard plaques going to the first 50 entries. The top ten prizes will be announced at the end of the event.
Saturday in the park will feature activities for children throughout the day, including inflatables and ‘touch a truck’, which allows children to get up close to the amenities of various city departments.
Several musical performances are scheduled for the late evening, including the BCS Blue Felt Jazz Group from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Erie Jazz Band from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Mississinewa Valley Band from 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. will end with a fireworks display around 10 p.m.
Portland Firecracker 5K and above
Jay County will kick off the holiday festivities early with the Firecracker 5K race. According to Jay Community Center website, the race will start Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Jay County Fairgrounds at 806 E Votaw St., Portland.
Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. with a fee of $ 20. The race has a capacity of 500 participants, and currently only 100 are registered. Early registration, which is open until Wednesday, June 30, can be done at jaycc.org/events. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third for the male and female age groups.
Mayor John Boggs told The Star Press that a parade will take place after the race at noon, followed by plenty of activities and meals throughout the afternoon at the fairgrounds.
Music and other entertainment will begin around 6 p.m., with a fireworks display starting at dusk.
For more information on the race, contact 260-726-8079 or [email protected]
Head to Redkey for fireworks and baseball
To celebrate Independence Day, Redkey invites the public to attend a day full of baseball and fireworks.
On Saturday, youth baseball and softball tournaments will be held all day at Redkey City Park. At around 10 p.m., Redkey’s fireworks committee will present their annual small town fireworks display.
Donations are always accepted for the event at facebook.com/Redkey-Fireworks-Committee-123113871626014/.
Movies and fireworks return to Hummel Drive-In
The films will be followed by fireworks at Winchester’s Hummel Drive-In to start the holiday weekend.
The fireworks will begin at dusk, or around 10 p.m., on Friday, July 2, at Hummel Drive-In, 2870 IN-32. Between the two screens, four films will be shown throughout the evening, including “Boss Baby 2”, “Jurassic Park” (1993), “F9: The Fast Saga” and “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977).
Doors and concessions will open at 8 p.m. with movies also starting at dusk. According to the drive-in’s Facebook page, admission is cash only and movies will be shown regardless of the weather, unless otherwise specified.
Patriotic Pops and Four for the Fourth planned for Yorktown
While Yorktown’s 10th Annual Four for the Fourth Run / Walk had to be canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the four-mile run and walk are back.
Whether you are walking, running or having a large group, race registrations are always open until Friday at fourfor the fourth.run /. Fees vary from $ 15 to $ 30, depending on the activity and the size of the group. Those who registered for the 2020 race before it was canceled do not have to re-register for this year’s race.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. on Sunday, the race will have a new start line now that Yorktown’s Civic Green is finished. According to the event’s website, a new festival space is located two blocks west of the old start line at the Speedway gas station.
In addition to starting the race at the Civic Green, participants will also stay on the Morrow’s Meadow trail all around. With the road closures, event planners are urging all runners to arrive at the park by 7:30 a.m.
All those who complete the event (Four Mile or Fun Run) will be offered a Finisher Medal, and runners who finish in the top three of their age groups in the four mile event will receive one prize per group of ‘age. The rewards will start around 9:30 a.m.
For a full list of sailing instructions, visit fourforthefourth.run/race-instructions/
Later in the evening, community members can return to the area for fireworks and a free concert hosted by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
Patriotic Pops will be from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Civic Green, 9400 W. Smith St. Songs will include “America the Beautiful” and “1812 Overture” and other bands and solos, featuring singers, according to a statement. and instrumental music.
The fireworks will start after the concert. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
Scott Watkins, who became MSO’s executive director in February, said in a statement that the goal of the concert is to bring the community together and celebrate freedom, especially after last year.
“We have been locked in our homes for too long, and now is the time to celebrate our freedom in a new way,” Watkins said in the statement. “Fireworks and live music help bring people together and unite; our hope is to enrich this experience.”
Charlotte Stefanski is a reporter for the Star Press. Contact her at 765-283-5543, [email protected] or follow her on twitter @CharStefanski.